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Af­ter 17­year­old Cana­dian wild card Felix Auger­alias­sime up­set No. 18­ranked Lu­cas Pouille of France 6­4, 6­3 at the Rogers Cup, an­a­lyst Paul An­na­cone en­thused, “I loved the ath­leti­cism and de­ci­sion­mak­ing. He looked like he’d been there a thou­sand times. He was in­cred­i­bly sound in all as­pects of the game. He has such a huge fu­ture.” Get used to Dou­ble A’s shouts of “Allez!” af­ter hit­ting win­ners. A good omen may be that he shares the same Au­gust 8 birth­day as Fed­erer. Keep an eye on an­other Next Gen prospect, Alex de Min­aur. The small­ish (5’11”, 152 pounds), 19­year­old Aussie shot up to No. 45 by reach­ing the fi­nal at the Citi Open where he beat Chung, An­drey Rublev, and Steve John­son.

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